Raonic defeats Monfils

Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic beat Frenchman Gael Monfils in four sets to clinch a place in the Australian Open semi-finals on Wednesday night.

In a match lasting two hours and 19 minutes, the big-serving Raonic got past the 23rd seeded Monfils 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.

The 25-year-old’s powerful serve was the key factor in his win, but his all-round performance was superior to his opponent for much of the match.

In the first set things went with serve until the fourth game, where the 13th seed broke his opponent’s serve to lead 3-1, and the Canadian never relinquished his advantage.

In the second set, against the run of play, Monfils broke the Raonic serve in sixth game. Things went with serve with Monfils surviving a break point in the ninth game, but he held serve to take level the matter.

In the second game of the third set Monfils dropped his serve, and things went with serve for Raonic to take a two sets to one lead.

The fourth set went with serve until the fifth game, when Raonic broke the Frenchman’s serve to lead 3-2. In the eighth game, Monfils did have a break point against his opponent’s serve, but was unable to turn the opportunity into something more substantial, and the 25-year-old Ontario resident served out the remainder of the set without incident.

Raonic has now set up a semi-final with British second seed Andy Murray on Friday after the Brit defeated Spain’s David Ferrer earlier in the day.

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